BRUSSELS, November 15. (ITAR-TASS) - The European Commission supports fully integration of Moldovan and Romanian energy systems, where in future Moldova may be included into the EU energy market, president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said following negotiations with the two countries’ prime ministers Viktor Ponto and Iurie Leanca on Friday.
Reporters asked about Russia’s pressure on its neighbours on the eve of the summit in Vilnius, where Ukraine may sign and Moldova may initial agreements on association with the EU. Barroso stressed third countries should respect sovereign decisions of other countries on their intention s to develop economic and political relations.
Barroso said the EU was ready to support its friends and counterparts in their abilities to implement their sovereign choices.
Moldovan and Romanian prime ministers are visiting Brussels, where they are trying to gain additional support from European institutions on the eve of the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.
Moldova’s agreement on association with the European Union is aimed exclusively at development of cooperation and does not contain provisions for the country’s entering the European Union. Romania, which believes in future Moldova may become its part, is a major sponsor of the rapprochement process between Chisinau and Brussels.